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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Juan Pedro (Chairman) From Banco Caja Bank Madrid Spain" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 01:51:07 +0100
Subject: Re: Attention: Valued Fund Beneficiary====Contract Fund Credit From Banco Caja Bank Spain.

Banco Caja Madrid Spain
Address: Avenida de la Albufera 111,
28038 Madrid Spain.
Tele: +34911881368

Contract Fund Credit From Banco Caja Bank Spain

Attention: Our Valued Fund Beneficiary,

This financial institution is pleased to inform you that we have been appointed After our annual meeting held in the united states of America last week, to effect the release of your over due inheritance payment of Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($10, 500,000.00) to you without any further delay.

The meeting was attended by Ms. Jane Wilson who represented Bank of America, Mrs. Janet L. Yellen on behalf of the Federal Reserve board, Special Agent Terry William who represented the FBI Anti Terrorist and Monetary Crimes division and some other financial institutions from different part of the world.

We were made to understand that you have tried in the past to receive your fund but all to no avail, therefore we sincerely apologize for the delay in the release of your over due contract inheritance payment valued $10, 500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) into your personal account.

However, this bank has been empowered by the World Bank to release your over due inheritance payment to you as the funds originated country, and as the beneficiary of the said fund, you are expected to comply with our instructions immediately.

we have two method of payment, Online Bank Crediting Or ATM MasterCard Delivery. If you request for online Bank crediting, we will assist you in setting up the account after which the information's will be sent to you for your easy access and transfer of fund into any account of your choice.

If you choose an ATM MasterCard Delivery, this bank will approve an ATM MasterCard which will be delivered to you for easy withdrawal of your fund in any ATM MasterCard Machine all over the world. In other to for us to commence in any of the above stated options, you are required to forward the below stated informations to us immediately.

1) Full name:
2) Address:
3) Date of Birth:
4) Sex and occupation:
5) Direct cell phone number:
6) Personal email and password:

In case you are presently dealing with any individual or financial institution claiming to be in charge of your fund, you are advised to stop every further communication with them immediately, to avoid any further delay in the release of your funds to you.

Thanks for Banking with The Spanish number one Global Bank (Banco Caja Bank Madrid Spain).

Congratulation in advance

Best regards,
Juan Pedro (Chairman)
Banco Caja Bank Madrid Spain.
Tele: +34911881368

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